TOPEKA | Texting while driving would be banned in Kansas under a new proposal that's circulating among legislators.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee has agreed to sponsor a bill enacting a ban. The measure would be debated after legislators convene their 2010 session on Jan. 11.
Committee Chairman Jay Emler says his interest in a ban was inspired by being stuck behind a driver who was texting while driving on the highway. He says the state needs to have the discussion.
Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, says the bill would include possible jail time for someone caught driving while texting.
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More than 20 states have banned texting while driving, and studies have shown that drivers are more likely to contribute to an accident when texting and driving.